And the countdown begins. Twenty-two days from now we will board a plane in Greenville, SC, fly over the Atlantic, spend the night in Germany, and finally arrive in Timisoara, Romania on August 18. After collecting our bags, clearing customs and a 40 minute drive to Lugoj, we’ll be able to fall into bed (if the toddlers say so) and hopefully be a little rested for the whirlwind of activities that will accompany our getting settled into the country before Pastor Howerton leaves for the States in mid-September.
The checklist includes but is not limited to, securing visas, setting up language lessons, finding housing, moving into that housing, hopefully recruiting a few musicians for the church, assuring the brothers and sisters at Bereea that Pastor Howerton and Joshua are on the same team, praying for a smooth transition, learning the ropes of the ministries Pastor Howerton wants us to maintain, finding the children a preschool program, teaching me to drive a stick-shift, learning how and where to pay bills (you can’t just mail a check in), and many, many other things.
The checklist for the next three week seems even more daunting, and I’ve broken down into tears more than once as we try to sort through what to take, what to store, what to ship if we ship etc, and see friends and family for the last time for a long time. In the midst of the whirlwind of activity, the Lord has been such a faithful shepherd supplying both physically and spiritually. On the physical side of things He sent Jessica, Joshua’s sister to be with us for the next nine months primarily to free me up for language study, but she’s already been such a blessing and help as we start to transition. And He’s provided above and beyond what we expected for our outgoing expenses. We are so grateful for the financial gifts from both friends and anonymous donors that keep rolling in. It’s hard to plan financially as the dollar seems to shift in value daily. What a comfort it is to know that God knows ahead of time exactly what we need and that He, as our heavenly Father, fully intends to care and provide for us.
Spiritually, the Lord has recently made His word come alive with encouragement and promises. Two Sundays ago the message was on Joshua 1:8-9 where God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous, not fearful or dismayed as He faces the giants and walled cities of Canaan. And the reason for this command is found earlier in the chapter. God has promised success for those following His clear will as outlined in His Word. How my fearful and dismayed heart needed this reminder. God is so faithful.
Please continue to pray for us. We need your prayers and are so grateful for your ministry to us in this way.